The Freikorps von Pfeffer (also known as Detachment Pfeffer, Freiwilligenbataillon Münster and Westfälisches Freikorps) saw action in Latvia and in the Ruhr in April 1920

It was used to form Reichswehr-Brigade 31 in June 1919.


Hauptmann Franz von Pfeffer

Formed in the area of

Generalkommando VII. Armeekorps Münster (Provinz Westfalen, Lippe)

Manpower strength


Notable members

SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Walter Krüger
SA-Obergruppenführer Franz von Pfeffer (born Franz Pfeffer von Salomon)
SS-Brigadeführer Ernst Schmedding
(the ranks are the highest ranks reached in the Third Reich era)


Members of this unit wore a prancing horse in silver as an arm badge.

Sources used

Verkuilen Ager - Awards of the German Freikorps 1919-1935
Nigel Jones - The birth of the Nazis: How the Freikorps blazed a trail for Hitler
Georg Tessin - Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939

Reference material on this unit

- None known at this time -